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Google Strengthens Android App Security With Continuous Post-Install Scans

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Google is making a change to its Android security systems today that is meant to ensure that users who install apps from outside of the Google Play store are a bit safer from malicious apps. Currently, Android users can have Google scan their apps for malicious code at the time of installation. Going forward, Google will expand this program with a more service-based system that will… Read More

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NYC’s Flatiron School Raises $5.5 Million To Teach People To Code For A Living

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Popcorn Time Has Gone Dark. Again.

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The saga continues. Popcorn Time, the so-called Netflix for pirated content, has vanished from its splashy website and GitHub home. The latest popular fork of open source project is gone, but the program is far from dead. Nothing ever totally disappears from the Internet. Popcorn Time is not an exception. The program can still be found on various websites and torrent aggregators. The latest… Read More

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Y Combinator Alums Aaron Harris And Justin Kan Join As Partners

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Startup accelerator Y Combinator just announced that it’s added a couple new partners, both of whom have been through the program. Alums Justin Kan and Aaron Harris have joined to help mentor the startups that participate in the 12-week accelerator. Read More

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Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers launches

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MessengerBecomeATester650Facebook Messenger for Android became the latest application to get the beta-testing treatment, as the social network announced in a post on its engineering blog that the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers program is now live.

The Facebook for Android Beta Testers program launched last July, and users were able to preview and test several features that were later added to the social network’s flagship Android app and its Home Android overlay.

Facebook Mobile Infrastructure Team Engineer Luiz Scheidegger wrote in the blog post announcing Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers:

Beginning today, the Facebook Messenger for Android beta program will give people who opt in access to the latest versions of Messenger for Android before the general release. As with the main Facebook application, our goals with this program are to expand our pool of testers and gain feedback across a more diverse set of devices. Simply by using the app and reporting issues, beta-testers will be able to help us improve performance and the overall experience on a wide variety of Android devices at scale.

The beta program will provide us with an early warning system that will help make everyone’s experience with the app better once we push it more broadly. Also, since Messenger is all about private sharing and small groups communication, the beta program will give us another channel to understand what kinds of sharing tools resonate with people using Messenger.

Anyone can join the beta program. When you do, you will get a small batch of fixes and new features every month. We ask that you use your app as you normally would, but submit a report when you encounter a bug or other issue. Because the beta build will have features that are still in progress, the app may be less stable than you’re accustomed to. Feedback on stability, as well as any other performance issues you experience, is important to this program and deeply appreciated.

  1. Join the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers Google group.
  2. Allow beta downloads by clicking “Become a Tester” in the Google Play Store (you need to join the Google Group before becoming a tester).
  3. Download Facebook Messenger from the Play Store to update your app.
  4. Turn on automatic updates, as the beta version of Facebook Messenger for Android will be updated multiple times per week.

The Facebook for Android beta program has already helped us improve the quality and overall experience of the main Facebook app on Android. We’re excited to bring those improvements to Messenger, and to have people who use Messenger participate more in the process of building the best mobile-to-mobile messaging platform.

Android users: Will you participate in the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers program?

Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

The White House Is Looking For More Innovation Fellows

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The White House is so happy with its internal residential hackers program that it’s making room for another round of job opportunities. Members of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program work under the office of the Chief Technology Officer, and are largely responsible for opening stores of government data to the public and making tools more participatory. Since the program was first… Read More

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Google Expands Apps Partner Programs With Tech Track, Opens Cloud Partner Program To More Businesses

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Google’s Apps Marketplace, its directory of cloud apps that integrate with Google Apps, now features over 750 services. Today, at its Global Partner Summit, Google is expanding this program by creating a formal Technology track in its partner program for vendors who “build complementary business apps and tools.” The new program, Google says, will run alongside its existing… Read More

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Twitter Announces Its Marketing Platform Program, A Rebranding Of Its Ads API

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Twitter announced its Ads API program a year ago today, allowing advertisers to run their campaigns through API partners like Adobe and Salesforce. Now it’s giving the program a new name — the Twitter Marketing Platform Program — as well as a new website.

Why the change? In a company blog post, Twitter says, “We expanded this network of partners beyond advertising alone, and today we’re pleased to introduce a new name for our entire suite of partners.” (It’s not totally downplaying the Ads API’s role on the program, though, as you can see in the badge to the left.)

The Marketing Platform Program is part of Twitter’s broader certified products initiative. Building this kind of partner ecosystem has been a big part of Facebook’s ad strategy, too.

As for the new website, it’s basically a showcase (or, as Twitter describes it, a “marketplace”) for the various partners. Twitter uses the announcement blog post, to highlight partners too, quoting both SocialCode and Kinetic Social — for example, SocialCode says it ran a Promoted Tweet campaign for “a national network sitcom” and increased retweets by 60 percent.

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Personalized Fitness Startup Sessions Acquired By MyFitnessPal

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Sessions, the behavioral health startup that launched out of the Rock Health startup incubator in June 2012, has been acquired by MyFitnessPal for an undisclosed sum. This is MyFitnessPal’s first acquisition.

The three-person Sessions team will be joining MyFitnessPal in San Francisco this month. The future of the Sessions app (which TechCrunch’s Ryan Lawler reviewed in November 2013) is unclear. In a blog post announcing the deal, Sessions co-founder Nick Crocker wrote, “though our program is going to have to be reimagined for MyFitnessPal’s 50MM+ users, our mission and vision remain unchanged.” We’ve reached out for more details and will update with any further information we receive.

Sessions raised less than $1 million in funding from Rock Health, SV Angel, Collaborative Fund, Blackbird and Joshua Kushner.

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UpCounsel Launches Outside General Counsel Program For Companies Needing Long-Term Legal Help

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Attorney marketplace UpCounsel has spent the last several months helping startups and other small businesses get affordable legal help. But for the most part, that help has mainly been focused on short-term projects that don’t require a ton of assistance over a longer period of time.

The startup hopes to change that, with a new service that will connect technology companies in San Francisco with an outside general counsel to replace the legal help they’d usually get from a traditional law firm. Those firms can charge up to $800 per hour to work with a partner, but UpCounsel believes that by setting companies up with attorneys on its platform, it can drastically reduce that cost over time.

The Outside General Counsels it connects startups with are former senior associates and partners from large firms, who have previously served in the general counsel role of technology companies. Only difference is that now they’re working virtually through the UpCounsel platform.

To make sure that the general counsels are a good fit, UpCounsel does interviews with interested companies to determine what their needs are, and then tries to pair them up with attorneys who understand their business and have the correct skill sets to support them. Attorneys get a company profile and dossier to review only if they are selected by the company to possibly represent them.

More than just making the connection between startups and the outside general counsel, UpCounsel also handles all admin and support for them as well. That includes billing, but also means helping them to find paralegals as well.

As part of the program, UpCounsel is also opening up not just to attorneys, but to professionals who have served as paralegals to support them. Again, since it doesn’t have all the overhead of the big firms, paralegals can be billed at about a third of what the big firms charge for their hourly work.

In addition to the lower cost, UpCounsel believes that its outside general counsels will generally be more responsive to legal requests than the folks who work at more traditional firms that are loaded up on case work. CEO Matt Faustman tells me that in its early trial, some startups have used the program to complement their existing firms, for when they need more immediate help.

But the platform is also seeing some startups move completely to adopt its outside general counsels, with about 10 totally jumping ship from some big firms you’ve probably heard of.

Now that it’s launched, we’ll see how well the program actually works. In the meantime, UpCounsel has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from folks that include Homebrew, Bobby Yazdani, SV Angel, Collaborative Fund, Haroon Mokhtarzada, and other angels.

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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